One of the easiest ways to become a hero today is to sign up to be a blood donor. Donating blood is one of the noblest things you can do to help others. It is free of cost, risk, and concerns; yet, it accompanied by a myriad of benefits.
Recently, my highschool hosted their very first blood drive on our school campus. Sponsored by the Red Cross, our school committee donated more than 30 pints of blood to a local hospital. I was fascinated to discover that thirty pints of blood can save up to 90 lives! This extraordinary opportunity struck me with the importance of blood donation, inspiring me to raise awareness in people about this simple way to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Blood is precious. Every second, millions of people around the world die from serious loss of this commodity. The world is in incessant need of blood. According to America’s Blood Centers, 35,000 pints of blood are needed every day! People who need the most blood are people undergoing major surgeries, and victims of major accidents or disasters. There is absolutely no replacement for human blood.
Donating blood not only benefits the receivers, but it also returns ample benefits to its donors. First of all, donating elevates the mood of the donors. The thought that you made a difference in another person’s life will simply make you feel good. Psychological studies suggest that giving leads to positive self-esteem and optimistic mood.
There are also so many surprising physical benefits to donating blood. It significantly reduces the risk of heart disease; reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Regular blood donations prevents iron overload in the blood, reducing the chance of heart attack by 88%. Furthermore, studies have proven that by maintaining iron level in the body at healthy levels through blood donation, cancer can be prevented.
Also, donors receive a free medical check-up. While checking one’s qualification for blood donation, donors are tested for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis, and malaria. These free test results will be quickly notified to the donor. One’s kindness may save that donor’s life by discovering their health risks. Lastly, the body’s restoration system is actively triggered by blood donation. It leads to the formation of new blood cells which will help to maintain good health.
Considering all these amazing benefits that come from donating blood, why don’t you donate blood? An hour long process that make an innumerable difference to another person, graciously offering them a second life.
Sign up to be a blood donor and be a hero!
Goeun Lee, Grade 10
Larchmont Charter School